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Dr. Phil

Tried to Blindside Oprah

4/1/2011 1:38 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Dr. Phil set out to scoop Oprah -- the woman who discovered him -- on a huge show ... even warning his staff to keep Oprah in the dark.

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TMZ has obtained legal docs filed in a lawsuit against Dr. Phil for allegedly defaming two men in the Natalee Holloway case -- the girl who disappeared in Aruba.

We placed a call to Dr. Phil's rep.  So far ... no comment.

Oprah had scheduled to do an exclusive interview with Natalee's mom, Beth on Sept. 20, 2005.  But Phil had been working as well to snag the same interview, when he found out Oprah was in the game.

In the docs, there is a chain of emails between Dr. Phil and his staff.  One of the producers wrote an email to Phil, saying she had found out that Oprah had an interview with Beth.  The producer had a plan: "But we can OUT SCOOP Oprah & do the show w/ her first no matter what we find tomorrow we still have an interesting show - plus only YOU can really help."

Phil (using initials DPM - Dr. Phil McGraw) responded, "WE DEFINITELY NEED TO SCOOP THE DEAL SO IF WE NEED TO SHOOT THIS WEEK THEN LETS DO IT."  Phil adds this caution:  "IF SHE [Beth] TELLS THE OPRAH PEOPLE ABOUT US THEY WILL LIKELY ATTEMPT TO DERAIL IT BY MOVING UP THEIR SCHEDULE."

The producer responds, "Grea[t] & she won't say anything to oprahs peeps she knows it would jeopardize what we are doing - I'll email you both tomorrow as soon as I talk to jamie & we can go from there!! Yippie scoopen the big O!!"



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sloppy seconds    

bald loser. being bald = FAIL!

1300 days ago
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Titanium    

Don't bite the hand that feeds you.

1300 days ago
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AyeJay    

Ay Dios Mio !

1300 days ago
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Dee    

I'm more disappointed with the spelling and grammar errors, along with the fact that Dr. Phil types in all capital letters. Is nothing sacred?

1300 days ago
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Stiletto    

6 year old story/interview? Slow day?

1300 days ago
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Jim in Cali    

Dr. Phil is a vile person. I'll never forget him showing up with cameras in tow and barging into Britney's psych ward room trying to get her to go on his show 1 day after she was taken there on a 5150 hold and then went on a whole big press tour about Britney's condition to anyone that would take him after she told him to get lost. The guy will stoop to anything for a rating and could care less about about anyone's health or well being other than his large ego. The guy isn't even a registered doctor, but he plays one on TV. He's a joke and any idiot that watches that crap is a fool too.

1300 days ago
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Jennifer Banks    

hilarious pic of oprah

1300 days ago
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insertnamehere    

Not hating on Oprah or anything but Dr Phil is the professional who I believe should be the one interviewing Beth. He can truly help her. Oprah will just ask questions with a stone cold face and no emotion.

1300 days ago
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lisette    

Everything about him and his show is so fake with no genuinely good intention. When you go, I don't even think he knows what episode he's in half the time. he just reads off a teleprompter and tries to get subjects that make ratings high. Does he reeeaaalllly care? No lol

1300 days ago
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Nancy C    

This is business, not personal. As if Oprah wouldn't have done the same thing - gimme a break! And, I like them BOTH, don't get me wrong. But, once again, business - not personal! The bottom line is RATINGS, people!

1300 days ago
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Gia    

and now he's being sued.......KARMA? haha

1300 days ago
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Rhubino    

This reminds me of two crows I once saw fighting over some roadkill.

1300 days ago
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PhilipMarkum    

*** This is the way show business works. No real story here especially since it's six years old. It's called professional competition and no one takes it personally. ***

1300 days ago
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stu    

Oprah owning Phil's show...i hope the show moves to OWN where no 1 will ever see them again.

1300 days ago
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J    

I can't watch his show anymore! He is so rude and demeaning to his guest!

1300 days ago
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